Well, my race day started at 5:30 AM. I immediately developed a major case of pre-race jitters when I woke up. I could believe how strong I would feel this.
I ended up eating my pre-race sandwich consisting on PB&J on rice bread. I needed to make sure that I ate it two hours before the race to prevent any GI reactions. I then took Sadie for a walk so she takes care of her business before leaving.
The weather could not be more perfect for this race. I was able to catch a Broadway bus right away to take me to Montrose. After I got off the bus, I walked towards the Lakefront.
Upon my arrival, I obtained my chip and placed it on my shoe. After I put my chip, I found my friend, Jolene, who entered the race too. She helped me to my hair up into a ponytail as we stood to wait for the start of the race.
We ended up doing a warm up run to keep our legs loosened up. Then it was time to head to the starting line. Before we knew it, it was time to start.
I knew that I started off way too fast the first two miles. I paid the price starting around mile 5. I was so happy to see the people handing out the Clif Shots. I have never ripped anything faster than today.
The hills after mile 7 was absolutely brudal. I was already starting to lose steam and didn't need anything to take any strength away. The last mile seemed to take forever. I wanted to walk part of it, but kept on going.
Mile 1 - 8:44
Mile 2 - 8:55
Mile 3 - 9:19
Mile 4 - 9:19
Mile 5 - 9:26
Mile 6 - 9:27
Mile 7 - 9:37
Mile 8 - 9:36
Mile 9 - 9:30
Mile 10 - 9:28
Finish Time - 1:33:46
Avg. Pace - 9:20/mi
When I finished and obtained my finisher's medal, I looked for my friend, Jolene, who dropped me off at home. I was so happy to be home where I can relax. I ended up taking a nap on the couch when I was started to get sleepy.
After my nap, I went out to Goose Island for my free beer. I ended up with having two pints of Cubby Blueberry Ale, which was wonderful.
Tommorow - 30 minute recovery run (and a good massage!)